Malaysian Indian Current Challenges

Poverty is a challenge faced by the Malaysian Indian B40 community where 80% of the low-income households are inflicted by it. Access to affordable homes is still a challenge to them where only handful of households own homes compared to other ethnicities. In addition to low-cost housing schemes, the issue of resettlement of former estate workers is also problem faced by the Malaysian Indians. Family instability, on the other hand, is a social challenge faced by them. Based on the Family Well-Being Index, the Malaysian Indian community scored the lowest in parenting performance compared to other ethnic groups. In addition, non-citizenship (statelessness) makes it difficult for them to seek welfare assistance from the government.

Program Criteria

Compulsory Requirements

  • Incorporated under ROS/KBS/ROC/ (Full names)
  • Committee members must possess a minimum of 3 years’ experience in related field.


  • Human value and character building training must be incorporated in the programme module.
  • Program must be executed by own members and volunteers and outsourcing is strictly prohibited
  • If the entities has previously received funds from SEDIC, the performance of the NGO/organisation will be taken into account in the evaluation process.

Optional Requirements

NGOs are responsible in:

  • The organisation must be experienced in handling social development programmes and must possess a strong reputation and capability in understanding the issues among the target groups;
  • The organisation must be able to implement programmes which significantly reduce the social issues among the Indian B40 community;
  • The organisation must be able to implement comprehensive programmes or projects at the national, state or local level (according to the size and goals of the proposed programme);
  • The organisation must be able to show commitment to the sustainability of the programmes that will have a positive impact;
  • Collaborating with government agencies and related NGOs (e.g. KPWKM, KBS, MOE) for providing counselling and guidance specifically to youths, single mothers, the elderly, the homeless and the disabled based on fundamental socials issues among the Indian B40 community;
  • The organisation must be able to disseminate information via road shows, print media, radio, TV and/or on welfare and social development opportunities in the public and private sectors to target groups i.e. the Indian B40s;
  • The organisation must have detailed information of B40 individuals and households in their scope and understands the needs of the target community in greater depth.


How can you help?
  • Design and implement an outreach programme related to family well-being.
  • Design and implement empowerment programmes for youth-at-risk.
  • Design and implement awareness programme about substance abuse to avoid drug, alcohol and tobacco


  • Design and implement intervention programmes for children with delinquency.
  • Design and implement empowerment programmes for single mothers.
  • Assist and support to the elderly, the disabled and the homeless in getting welfare assistance
  • Design and implement health screening programmes and health awareness campaign.
  • Design and implement housing programme for the Indian B40 Malaysia community.
  • Plan and implement outreach as well as ‘search and serve’ programmes to enhance the identification of the non-resident Malaysian Indian B40 until the issue is resolved.


Program Output & Outcome


  • Number of MI B40 households successfully registered in the e-Kasih database.
  • Number of households of Malaysian Indians who were registered in the social safety net established by the government and private sectors.


  • The number of participants who participated in the alcoholism and drug abuse intervention program.
  • The number of single mothers, women, youth, disabled, elderly, homeless and children among the Indian B40 community benefited through existing social safety net of government and private sectors.
  • The number of marriage registrations and legitimate documentation among Indian community.
  • The number of women among the Indian community who receives health screening/ medical treatment.


  • Improved MI B40 community living standards systemically.
  • Reduction of crime rate among the Indian community in Malaysia, especially drug abuse, gangsterism, alcoholism, and suicide.
  • Reduction in the number of cases of abuse and domestic violence among the Indian community.
  • Reduction in the number of dropout cases among Malaysian Indian B40 students.
  • Increased rate of marriage registration and legitimate documentation among Indians.
  • Improvement of families, single women and disabled persons living standards among the MI B40;
  • Reduced rates of homeless among Indian community;
  • Increased rates of senior citizens received protection and leading a healthy life
  • Improved character among students and youths.
  • Cooperation between government and the private sector and non B40 individuals with NGOs in social welfare programs implementation.
  • Increased in collaboration between the government, private and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the programme and optimise existing and new initiatives in the development of the family and the Indian community.